Their lives seem rather peaceful, but their tranquility is threatened when a scorpion bites Coyotito.
But main street Salinas, California fell on hard times after John Steinbeck left, the victim of suburban sprawl and competition from Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Pacific Grove, where Steinbeck preferred to live and write.
With this in mind, I made a pilgrimage with my camera to record changes in Salinas since East of Eden and to discover how Steinbeck is remembered today, almost 50 years after his death. Mentally uprooting trees and planters and replacing sleek SUVs with boxy black Fords, I tried to imagine Main Street as it appeared to Steinbeck when he was writing his stories.
The effort was complicated by a pair of modern structures built to bring people back to town: A Steinbeck House volunteer greeted me in the room where the writer was born; the maternal bed, a finely crafted period piece, can be seen in the gift shop downstairs.
I dined next to the fireplace where Olive Steinbeck, a schoolteacher, nourished John and his three sisters on a diet of classical music and great books that fed the imagination of the budding author, who observed life on Central Avenue from the gable window of his bedroom.
Jack recruited Steinbeck to help with screenwriting for the motion picture A Medal for Benny. Once he was famous, he objected to the idea of naming a school in his honor: Inside the modest brick building I browsed the wealth of Steinbeck books, articles, and clippings accumulated over decades by scholars, friends, and fans.
The surface of one, a six-story bank at the corner of East Alisal and Main Street, is faced with Art Deco terracotta tiles; others hold memories that were painful to John Steinbeck and his family.
Reporting on local reaction to The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck wrote: Cal withdraws 15 crisp new thousand-dollar bills, and Kate deposits her whorehouse earnings, in the Monterey County Bank building at Main Street. The vaulting structure, recently restored, may also have been the inspiration for the cathedral-like bank that Ethan Hawley decides to rob in The Winter of Our Discontent.
This is an updated version of an article published in the Fall issue of Steinbeck Studies. Our thanks to Carol Robles for correcting several factual errors introduced in the editing process.
The Garden of Memories, located southeast of downtown Salinas, contains more than one Hamilton family plot.
The burning of The Grapes of Wrath in Salinas is attested in various sources, including an interview with the writer Dennis Murphy, the grandson of the Salinas physician who treated Steinbeck as a boy.
The Murphy interview is one of a number available to Steinbeck scholars and students in the National Steinbeck Center archive. A former Silicon Valley technology executive, he recently developed a digital guide to the people and places that informed the life and work of John Steinbeck.Susan Shillinglaw's new book On Reading "The Grapes of Wrath" provides readers with a new appreciation for the American classic and John Steinbeck's craft, and it's just in time for the book's.
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It publishes scholarly articles; notes; book and performance reviews; creative writing; original artwork; and short intercalary pieces offering fresh perspectives, including notes on contemporary references to Steinbeck, discussions of .
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